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Historical Essay

Curling in Wisconsin

Discover the rich history of the sport of curling in Wisconsin.

A Dishonest Democrat and a Radical Republican

Learn about the election that was so close that Wisconsin briefly had two governors until one was exposed for tampering with ballots.

Historical Essay

Aionez

Term: Aionez in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

Milwaukee's Maverick Aviator

Milwaukee's William Mitchell went from a court-martial for insubordination to being widely understood to be the father of the modern U.S. Air Force.

An Unreliable Text and Other Evidence

Wisconsin History books teach that Jean Nicolet was the first white person to reach the state, but he may have been the second.

From Whaling to Coal Burning

Discover how man-made lighting has become a common part of our everyday lives.

Historical Essay

Civil War: 38th Infantry

Term: Civil War (38th Infantry) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

The Story of Memorial Day

Celebrations of Memorial Day Throughout History

Discover the history of Memorial Day celebrations in Wisconsin.

Term: Civil War (12th Light Artillery) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

The Crowning of King James

Wisconsin's Brigham Young

Discover the history of early Mormon leader James J. Strang, self-proclaimed successor to Joseph Smith.

Historical Essay

Burt's Solar Compass

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Solar Compass used to survey lands in Wisconsin and surrounding areas during the 1840s and 1850s. (Museum object #1962.60.2,A)

An early view of how a large corporation marketed a valuable piece of technology provides insight into contemporary views of consumerism and industry.

Term: Civil War (1st Light Artillery) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Lumberman, Businessman and Paper Manufacturer

Discover the history of Cyrus Carpenter Yawkey

Legendary Midwestern Artist

Discover the history of legendary American artist John Steuart Curry.

Black Voting Rights Activist

Biography of Ezekiel Gillespie who was active in Milwaukee's small Black community, especially on voting rights issues.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 37th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and mustered into service on April 9, 1864.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer

Historical Essay

Catlin, George (1796-1872)

Artist and Author

Biography of author and artist George Catlin, who painted Indians.

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